The Environment Minister David Parker is expressing further concern around cattle feed practices, and the impact on the waterways. Earlier this this week the animal welfare group SAFE and Fish & Game called for a ban on feedlot farming before it becomes commonplace, because of animal welfare and environmental concerns.
The latest concerns are being raised over the practice of intensive winter feeding, where cows are corralled into muddy paddocks. Fish & Game has released images of cows on a south island farm unable to move knee deep in mud, which the Veterinary Association says is unacceptable.
Lynn Freeman talks to David Parker